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4-Session Community Clergy Training Program


Creating Welcoming Faith Communities for Veterans

Presented by: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 • 9:00am-1:00pm
Saal, Bahnson Center
Price: FREE • Lunch Included
Contact Hours: 10


This 4-Session Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP), provided by the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, educates leaders of faith communities about how they might better use their resources to support veterans and their family members. Trained VA Chaplain facilitators lead participants, through weekly workshops, each one focusing on a specific area:

  • Military Culture and Wounds of War
  • Pastoral Care with Veterans and their Families
  • Mental Health Services and Referrals
  • Building Community Partnerships

For some veterans transitioning back to civilian life may cause stress, depression, and anxiety.  Research also shows that veterans of all ages and their families, particularly those living in rural communities, often turn to their pastors for support.


This program will help church leaders gain an understanding of the challenges common to returning warriors. Participants will become familiar with the resources available to care for veterans struggling with post-deployment and mental health-related issues.


Lunch is included with the program, providing an opportunity for open discussion.
Space is limited. Groups of 1 church leader and up to 4 members of a congregation are encouraged to attend together. Please register early using the link above.


CHAPLAIN CHRIS J. ANTAL, Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, NY and REV. SCOTT HUTCHINSON, Pastor, St. Andrew’s UCC, Perkasie, PA; Founder, COMPASS Veteran’s Outreach Ministry.


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